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City Jump-Start Programs

The CIC has programs in more than 89 school districts in Connecticut but many cities and towns remain underserved. To remedy this situation, the CIC embarked on a program of matching corporations and foundations with CIC-selected city schools, involving corporate volunteers in these local programs as well as providing needed financial support to “jump-start” invention programs in their classrooms.

The program -- which adopts schools for their first year of CIC participation (possibly renewed for a second year) includes funding for materials, toolkits, transportation, training, and mentoring of new CIC teachers. It has been successful in starting up CIC programs where the need to bridge the achievement gap is the greatest.

Since 2006, the Lincoln Financial Foundation has funded three Hartford schools or after school programs each year, resulting in programs that have become self-sustaining at neighborhood schools. Executives and employees from the Foundation have been among the volunteer judges at one Hartford school. A young inventor from a LFF-supported first year school and now growing to eight years made it all the way to an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

The Annie E. Casey Foundation invested generously in the CIC’s jump-start program for New Haven schools, resulting in five New Haven schools in the first year and now growing to eight schools participating in the CIC curriculum.

Boehringer-Ingelheim Cares Foundation, a corporate citizen interested in seeing CIC programs take hold in their corner of Connecticut, has generously supported the jump-start of CIC first year programs in five Danbury public schools, and now expanded to eight schools.

Pitney Bowes Inc. will support schools in Stamford, and the The Petit Family Foundation will support the start-up of CIC programs in Cheshire schools.

A collaborative matching of funds from General Dynamics Electric Boat, Liberty Bank Foundation and Dominion Nuclear has brought about the jump-start of new programs in the New London and Groton school districts.

Many more cities are in need of the combined effort of volunteers, funding and interest to jump-start CIC programs in the schools. For more information on how to get involved in your community, contact

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